How to make oatmeals taste better

Oatmeal is amongst the healthiest breakfasts. It’s quick to cook, it’s cheap and it has plenty of nutrients which will help you start the day in the right way. But sometimes oatmeal may become underwhelming because you probably don’t want to eat the same meal every morning. Luckily, you don’t have to. If you learn a bit of technique and you select the correct choice of toppings, cooking liquid, etc., then you can make yourself much more delicious oatmeal. Here are some tips:

Tips

Soak the oats. That way they’ll cook faster and, when you put them in the microwave, they
won’t boil over so quickly.

Use savory cooking liquid – vegan broth, dashi or chicken stock to make yourself a warming
and delicious breakfast.

And other grains to the oatmeal – like amaranth, buckwheat and millet.

Pair your oats with applesauce, pureed pumpkin, squash or sweet potatoes.

Add some ghee to make the flavor grassy and rich.

Put some buckwheat honey, date syrup or agave nectar for a different taste of sweetness.

Cook you oats with fresh fruits – like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Mix yogurt for extra creaminess.

Don’t forget to add salt.

Put some miso. Top the oats with dukkah, furikake or crumbled nori.

Stash some frozen fruits in the freezer so you can easily put fruits in the oatmeal even if you don’t have time to go to the store for fresh fruits.
Add veggies – grated carrots, for example. Or some beets.

You can also consume them with braised greens, feta, eggs and mushroom crisps.

Or you can put dried fruits – like jujube, dates, goji berry or mulberry.

Top with seeds and nuts, like hemp seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, sesame seeds, etc.

For extra protein, add one or two egg whites.

To replace the sugar, you can boil some water with chopped apricots, dates or diced apple before you add the oats. This will give your oatmeal a sweet taste without using sugar.

Put in some spices – like cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric or cinnamon.
For creaminess and sweetness (together with extra protein) you can add nut butters. The crunchy peanut butter can give added texture. Or you can use cashew butter, tahini or almond butter.

Into the stovetop oats you can throw a smudge of vanilla paste and a chopped banana.

Or make the oats, instead of water, with milk (or even with almond milk).

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